Archive for February, 2012

What is Gum Disease?

Today in the news and television commercials we often hear the term “gum disease”, but what exactly is gum disease is?   Gum disease is an infection in the tissues that surround and support your teeth.  Your mouth has a “V” shaped sulcus in between every tooth.  A healthy gingival sulcus hugs the tooth like […]

Forth Molar?

Did you all know that some people even have more than their 3rd molar.  Although uncommon, we do come across these types of cases where patients have extra teeth, a.k.a. “supernumerary”.  In a recent study in the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Shahzad and his team studied the prevalence of forth molars and […]

What is Oral Surgery?

Oral Surgery is the branch of dentistry dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disorder, disease, injury and defect of “maxillofacial” structure.  Maxillofacial can be defined by breaking the word into two parts, “maxillo” meaning maxilla or jaw bones and “facial” meaning the structure of the face.  A maxillofacial surgeon is an expert in the […]

Our Founding Father’s Contribution to the Foundation of Dentistry

Contrary to popular belief George Washington did not have wooden teeth.  The enzymes found in saliva break down wood too quickly to make wood ideal for dentures. According to history, George Washington began loosing teeth at the age of 18.  Historians argue that the stress of being a general in the army compiled with poor […]


Believe it or not the earliest dental implants were discovered in Honduras at the excavation of a Mayan burial site in 1931.  The remains dated back to 600 AD. Archeologists discovered a fragment of a mandible, believed to belong to a female in her early 20s.  She had three tooth shaped pieces of shell placed […]


A dental implant is an elective option for tooth replacement.  It is usually recommended when a patient is in good oral and physical health.  Even though the same implant material has been used in the human body since the 1950’s, it is just now that it is becoming the preferred way or even the “standard […]